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December 2014

This time of the year can be harried and stressed as we work very hard to create the best, most special, and most memorable celebratory season ever. Therefore, please consider December’s display and booklist as a “tonic” to help you relieve that stress. How? Well, with a nice long list of humorous books, both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from laugh-out-loud to dark satire to the gently and wryly humorous. You just might find newer authors here, too – all of these were first published after the current millennium began. So, go forth, read – and ENJOY!

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November 2014

It’s getting colder out there, and we’re turning more frequently to our favorite hot beverages to help us warm up. Since coffee and tea are the two ‘biggies’ in the world of hot beverages, here are two book lists with how-tos, recipes, facts, and fiction for those who are particularly partial to one or the other.

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October 2014

October is the month where dark arrives earlier each day, culminating in Halloween. In honor of darkness and Halloween, this month’s display is devoted to ‘Horror – Best of Kind’. There are two booklists. One has several short annotated lists in several subsets of the Horror genre: Classic Horror, Humorous Horror, Psychological Horror, Creature Features, and, of course, Ghosts & Haunted Houses. The second list is designed as a ‘countdown’ of the
25 best new Horror books published in the first decade of the 21st Century. May these lists lead you to some chillingly creepy and ghoulishly grim dark nights of reading. Enjoy!

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September 2014

In honor of its Centennial in 2013, the U. S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, developed a very diverse list of 100+ books that shaped our view of work in America. There are titles with reading appeal for just about every age group and every level of interest in the topic. The list is alphabetical by author. The dates in parentheses (–) following the author’s name indicate first date of publication / first edition; many have newer editions. Library locations/availability are at the end of each listing

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Crafty Fiction

The August display and booklist, Crafty Fiction, highlights novels in which handicrafts play a key role in the story. The handicrafts are included with the title listings, so you can pick and choose among your favorite crafts. However, this doesn’t mean that the entire story hinges on handicrafts but that the craft or crafter is important to the plot or helps develop the story’s background or theme. For instance, Dick Francis’ SHATTERED, one of his beloved horse racing mysteries, involves a glassblower who makes racing trophies. On the other hand, Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilters series has lots of quilting talk, some history, and bits of romance. Do note that many crafts, other than the currently very popular quilting and knitting, are represented – including scrapbooking, auto restoration, and decorative blacksmithing!

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